On a late night in July, I was walking my dog at midnight in Telluride, Colorado. Our house is at 10,500 feet, on the side of the ski mountain, so it is pretty secluded. I had my SureFire LX2 LumaMax® on me, as I always do when I go for a walk.
As we were walking up the mountain, my dog, who is 12 years old, starts running up the trail at a pretty brisk pace. I thought nothing of it, but then I turned on the 200 lumens of my flashlight and saw three porcupines waddling up the ski run, right where my dog was headed. I called for him, and he came back to me, but just as he arrived, I pointed my flashlight up to the right to reveal a giant grizzly bear no more than 20 yards away, walking straight toward us. I grabbed my dog by the skin on the back of his neck, and we very slowly and quietly turned around and headed back down the mountain to the house.
Moral of the story: I was super stoked that I had my SureFire on me, because if I didn't, my dog and I would’ve walked right into that bear.
See the LX2 flashlight: